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EMC to Open Cloud and Big Data R&D Center in Russia

Information infrastructure technology solutions provider EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) has announced it plans to establish an R&D center in the Skolkovo Foundation’s Innovation Hub in Russia that will focus on development of cloud infrastructure solutions and Big Data analytics technologies for Bioinformatics and Energy Efficiency.

The company also plans to collaborate on research projects in these and other areas with Russian universities, government agencies, and local and multinational companies in the Skolkovo community.

The new EMC facility will be located at the Skolkovo Innovation Center and will work in close cooperation with EMC’s existing R&D center in St. Petersburg. The agreement was signed today, Feb. 8, in Moscow by Joel Schwartz, EMC’s senior VP, and Viktor Vekselberg, Skolkovo Foundation president.

The Skolkovo Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on establishing an innovation hub to stimulate innovative entrepreneurship that will benefit Russia and the global economy.

Skolkovo’s goal is to leverage Russia’s resources in the field of contemporary applied research and create a favorable environment for undertaking scientific developments in five priority areas of technological development: power engineering and energy efficiency, space, bioinformatics, nuclear and computer technologies.

In Skolkovo, EMC plans to initially focus on developing cloud infrastructure and Big Data analytics solutions for:

Bioinformatics – Cloud and Big Data analytics technologies that will enable the study of larger quantities of biological data, at a higher precision and in shorter periods of time, to accelerate advancements in personalized medicine. These technologies are expected to be applied to molecular medicine, pharmaceuticals, biomedicine, and industrial biotechnologies.

Energy Efficiency – Big Data analytics tools that will provide actionable intelligence from the massive amount of new smart metering and smart grid data to benefit energy-generating infrastructures in Russia and the rest of the world.

Skolkovo Cloud Infrastructure: EMC also expects to be a technology provider for the Skolkovo community’s cloud infrastructure supporting organizations generating massive amounts of data.

EMC’s Skolkovo center will be part of its global network of R&D centers operating in Brazil, China, India, Ireland, Israel, Singapore, and the United States. Each center is focused on research and development of EMC offerings such as cloud, Big Data, security, virtualization, information management, and information governance.

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